Involving your families in the Eat Local Challenge

This week, the Eat Local Challenge asks participants to look at how to expand the challenge to families....more


October 16, 2009...more


So, I joined a meat CSA. I was a vegetarian for a while, but then found myself not getting enough vitamins. Nor enough enjoyment from food. However, I still love animals and want to know that th meat I eat, had a good life. I also want to feel I am supporting local businesses. So I joined stillman's farm, I got a 12 month half share for aroun $900 around $70 a month.   ...more

Roma Tomatoes. Yes I Can, Can!

Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” and a major inspiration for this blog among other accolades, has been prolific of late.  In one New York Times Opinion piece, he wondered….is home cooking is dead?  Are we content to watch cooking on TV, then go out to dinner to eat the spoils? Many of us have been raised by a generation of parents who were bombarded with food industry propaganda touting the qualities of convenience food, and convincing them they were bad parents if they didn’t serve it to their kids.  Food preparation knowledge, formerly handed down from generation to generation, evaporated into the atmosphere like the carbon emissions from our wood-paneled station wagons. ...more

Overcoming the challenge of eating locally

This week's Eat Local Challenge focus is Personal Challenges.How can we personally eat locally in a sustainable manner? What is the "low-hanging fruit" with regard to eating locally that we can easily change during this week?...more

Luckily, living here in Austin, our farmers' markets still have a lot to choose from in the ...more

Can trustworthy ground beef compete in the market?

This is a post that’s been begging to be written ever since the NY Times article came out.  In fact, I could write several posts, but I’ll restrain myself....more

Tongue of Fire Beans. And a Tongue of Fire for the People Who Decided How to Name Beans.

I have a bone to pick with the Bean People.  Dear Bean People: I am writing to express my extreme frustration with the naming of beans.  Was it really a good idea to call something a bean, and then when it grows to maturity, also call the seeds that grow inside the bean, beans?  Why reserve “pod” only for peas when “pod” seems to apply so well here.  And who came up with calling what should be called a pod, a shell?   Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines shell as “the covering or outside part of a fruit or seed especially when hard or fibrous.”  So perhaps you can see why someone like me might think that removing the skin from the beans inside the bean is what it means to shell a bean, instead of just simply removing the pod.  In my opinion, a pod is most definitely not a “shell”.  If you would like more people to eat beans, I think it is time to reconsider the naming of beans. Sincerely, The Veggie Ignoramus...more

Learning Where My Food Comes From: A Field Trip to Straus Dairy Farm

After reading Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma and seeing the film, Food Inc., I added "Visit farms and ranches where my food comes from" to my ongoing, never-ending "To Do" list. And the task sat there. And sat there. Until a couple of incidents spurred me to get serious. First, reading about the very sad fate of male chicks to which I have been inadvertently contributing even though I buy Certified Humane eggs and second, seeing how much fun Colin Beavan had visiting a local farm in the film No Impact Man. How many of us really understand how our food is produced? Labels on meat and dairy products are full of pictures of happy animals in beautiful rustic settings with plenty of space to roam and be free. But is that the truth? And how can we make decisions about what food products are healthy, sustainable, and in line with our values if we don't have complete information and may not even know what our values are?...more

@ClizBiz  Make the switch!  Go you!  Okay, enough with the cheering.  It ...more

Sustainable eats and photo-activism: Andrea Bakacs' eco-inspirational food pics

Can good photography change the way we eat? That's the idea behind photo activist Andrea Bakacs' work -- and it's gently shifting the way I think about food. ...more
what i know before that beautiful food photography influence us to eat those foods, but I ...more

Taking stock of the Eat Local Challenge

Although there are already five days under October’s belt, it’s not too late to consider taking part, in small or large ways, in this month’s Eat Local Challenge....more

Unplanned Cooking, I often hear that some locally-made products are more expensive (and, ...more